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Google’s Nest Labs to buy Security Camera Startup Dropcam

Google’s Nest Labs announced that the company will acquire security camera and home monitoring startup Dropcam for $555 million. Nest Labs sells digital thermostats and smoke alarms. The company will improve its product offering in home automation and security with acquisition of Dropcam. The... read more

Factories dump 2.4 million pounds of toxic waste into local waterways: report

Environment protection advocates have once again raised their demand for restoration of Clean Water Act protections to curb the growing problem of toxic pollution in waterways.

According to a new report by Environment California Research & Policy Center, factories dumped 2.4 million... read more

Solar deal in budget draws criticism

The last-minute solar deal in California’s general budget that would extend a property tax for solar credits has attracted criticism from several lawmakers, analysts as well as residents.

While the current tax benefit will not expire until 2017, the new measure (SB871) would credit for... read more

Giant condor spotted in Bay Area for first time in more than 100 years

The giant California condor, which once reached on the verge of extinction due to insecticides like DDT, was recently spotted in the Bay Area of California. Wildlife experts are excited to spot the condor in the area as it is the first sighting of this species in as many as 110 years.

The... read more

Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter to retire in January

California Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter, who is considered as one of the court's most conservative justices, confirmed on Wednesday that he would retire in January 2015.

The planned retirement of 74-year-old Baxter will follow Justice Joyce L. Kennard's exit in April. Baxter's... read more

Political battle over controversial bullet train project will continue

California's multi-billion bullet train project is perhaps the most controversial infrastructure project in the history of the Golden State.

The project still faces several legal and regulatory challenges, especially in the construction of first 130-mile segment of the railway through... read more

Ridesharing companies must have permits to operate at airports: Eva Cheong

It is important that ridesharing companies like Lyft, SideCar, Summons and UberX have permits to operate at airports, San Francisco International Airport's associate deputy director Eva Cheong said during Tuesday's hearing.

The ridesharing companies allow passengers to arrange paid rides... read more

California man pleads not guilty to bomb charges

The man who was arrested earlier this month for possessing bomb-making materials and posing threat to the public in his apartment pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

Ryan Chamberlain, 42, was arrested on 2nd of June after a three-day manhunt by the FBI. The manhunt was triggered... read more

Leftist leaders ask Catholic Archbishop not to participate in ‘March for Marriage’

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone should reconsider his decision of participating in the upcoming "March for Marriage" in Washington D. C. as it would create division and hatred, gay advocacy leaders Ed Lee and Gavin Newsom have warned.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and... read more

California to build mental health unit for prisoners

California prison officials are planning to build a mental health unit for mentally ill prisoners/inmates at San Quentin State Prison, state officials revealed in a document filed in a court on Tuesday.

The news surfaced a day after the U. S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a... read more

Several hundred sick sea lions wash ashore California

A record number of sick sea lions washed ashore in California for a second year in a row, dropping a strong hint that the marine mammal is facing severe problems in the ocean.

In the five months through May 31 this year, a total of 367 sea lions washed ashore north of San Francisco and... read more

Bay Area City Council approves $13/hr minimum wage

The Bay Area City Council has unanimously agreed to phase in an increase in minimum wage to $13 per hour by the year of 2018 and link the minimum wage to inflation thereafter.

The new minimum wage increase schedule is expected to formally take effect later this month and begin at $9.60... read more


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